March 30, 2019

Gulf Coast Science Festival: A celebration of science discovery and the importance of math,  engineering, and science in our community.

Thank you to our 2019 Sponsors


About GCSF

Join us March 30, 2019, for the second annual Gulf Coast Science Festival!
This Festival, featuring a variety of science- and technology-related activities, aims to inspire curiosity, experimentation, and creative problem solving by both adults and children.

Expo Day | March 30, 2019 | 10AM – 2PM
Make plans to join us at Seville Square, accompanied by organizations from across our region with engaging activities that make science accessible and fun for people of all ages.

Field Trip Day | March 29, 2019| 9:30AM – noon
Teachers, bring your students in grades 5-8 for a free trip to explore hands on science presented by organizations throughout our community. Reservations required–space is limited.  Interest Form.

Previous Participants

Wondering what to expect? Check out this list of participating organizations and their activities from last year:

  • Florida Sea Grant – Live animals and information
  • Emerald Coast Science Center – physics science activities
  • Navy League – Sea Perch assembly and operation.
  • Local Emergency Planning Committee – hazmat teams and tools
  • UF IFAS Extension – demonstration of hurricane impacts
  • Arcadia Mill Archaeological Site- lumber industry and how we use trees
  • Gulf Islands National Seashore – spectroscopes and light pollution
  • Eglin Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team – Current EOD special tools, protective equipment and IED robots includes response vehicle
  • IHMC – mock up display of Fast Runner, Nadia and some drones.
  • Audubon Florida – birds of the Gulf Coast
  • Florida Public Archaeology Network – prehistoric pottery
  • IHMC – marine technology demonstration with West Florida High School and Washington High School.
  • Emerald Coast Fossil Hunters – fossil hunt and image analysis
  • Society of American Military Engineers – toothpick and marshmallow construction
  • National Naval Aviation Museum – impact of flight on human body
  • Ascend Performance Materials – fundamentals of chemical plant operations
  • Florida Public Archaeology Network – cave art and make pottery pendants
  • US EPA – field research equipment and a research vessel.
  • 350 Pensacola – solar energy educational demonstrations.
  • Northop Grumman – VEX robots to play soccer
  • AppRiver – spell name with binary coding
  • Keep Pensacola Beautiful – recycling trivia wheel and garbage toss game
  • Emerald Coast Utilities Authority – demonstrations of composting
  • Florida Department of Health – health games
  • American Society of Civil Engineers – Pensacola – engineering design challenges
  • GulfQuest National Maritime Museum – oil spill cleanup techniques
  • Jacobs Engineering – pH testing.
  • Escambia Amateur Astronomers Association – sun observations
  • Animal Tales, LLC – live animals
  • Escarosa Beekeepers Association – observation hive and beekeeping equipment.
  • Kukua Institute, Inc.- Real Blocks, a virtual reality (VR) exhibition of the Belmont DeVilliers historic neighborhood.
  • Creative Learning Academy – surface tension
  • NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassadors – current NASA missions
  • West Florida Public Library – making slime


Do you have questions or ideas for the Gulf Coast Science Festival?  Email us!

This event is hosted by the Pensacola MESS Hall and successful through the involvement of other organizations in the community.  If you are interested in serving on our  Event committee, please contact Megan Pratt.